Flora of Barro Colorado Island

Panicum pulchellum

Raddi, Agrost. Bras. 42.1823

Perennial; calms very slender, rooting at lower nodes, creeping at base, ultimately ascending, pubescent at least at nodes. Sheaths shorter than the internodes, pilose with long-ciliate margins; blades          ovate-lanceolate, somewhat asymmetrical, 1.5-6 cm. long, 8-18 mm wide, sparsely pubescent to glabrous above, usually pubescent through­out below, the margins scabrid. Inflorescence a panicle to 15 cm long of short racemes; racemes 0.5-1.5 cm long; rachis and pedicel scabridulous; spikelets to 2 mm long, pubescent; first gloms about one-third the length of the spikelet; second gloms and sterile lemma covering fruit; sterile lemma with two conspicuous glands near the middle. Fruits ellipsoid, ca 1.2 mm long, pale, shiny. Croat 9269.

Uncommon; collected on steep banks and trails in moist areas of the forest. Flowering and fruiting through­out the year, especially during the dry season.

Southern Mexico to Brazil. In Panama' known from tropical moist forest in the Canal Zone, Bocas del Toro, Colon, Los Santos, and Panama and from premontane wet forest in Chiriqui.